Defense Business Briefing -- June 29, 2021

Welcome to today's Defense Business Briefing, your weekly roundup of the latest defense industry news.

This week's top story

Northrop CEO praises effort to bolster domestic semiconductor production

The chief executive of Northrop Grumman said she sees government efforts to increase semiconductor manufacturing in the United States as a key step forward.

News & notes

PAE says Anderson has departed

PAE said retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Anderson has resigned as president of its global mission services business unit, according to a new Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Bipartisan bill would require Ligado to cover costs of any GPS user

A bipartisan congressional group has introduced legislation that would hold Ligado Networks responsible for covering the costs of both public and private Global Positioning System users affected by the company's use of the L-Band.

DOD's Salazar: Changes to Pentagon cyber certification will help small businesses, clarify policy

The internal review of the Defense Department's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program is aimed at helping small businesses meet the department's objectives for cyber readiness, while also making potential policy changes to clarify implementation, according to Pentagon industrial policy leader Jesse Salazar.

Appointments & promotions

Kubasik becomes L3Harris chief

L3Harris Technologies said Chris Kubasik has succeeded Bill Brown as chief executive.

Lockheed taps Smith to lead F-22 program

Lockheed Martin said it has named Kevin Smith vice president of the F-22 program, succeeding OJ Sanchez, who has been named general manager of the integrated fighter group.

What's happening

The week ahead

Key defense spending legislation is slated to be debated this week, while senior U.S. military leaders will testify on Capitol Hill about the fiscal year 2022 defense budget.

For Inside Defense subscribers

Senators holding Kendall nomination over defense contractor ties and F-35 training center decision

Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are holding the nomination of former Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall to become Air Force secretary, according to sources close to the matter.

DOD set to begin new AI adoption initiative

The Defense Department within the next 30 days will start pushing its first data "reinforcements" to its combatant commands through artificial intelligence expert teams under a new plan to speed up the adoption of AI technologies.